A Vintage Sales Girl By Day Has Killer Rock ’n Roll Style By Night
Unsurprisingly Blair’s music, with lyrics inspired by Fyodor Dostoevsky, has a dark flair. “Our sound not only depends on New York but also embodies the solitude, introspection, and darkness of New York.” When she takes the stage, her sartorial muse is, of course, the goddess of rock ‘n roll, Stevie Nicks. “There is no bigger influence to me.”
More often than not, Blair will pluck her looks straight from the racks of Le Grand Strip, like a vintage tuxedo from the ’70s or a ’60s-era mini dress. “Of course, all of my virgin ghost-white lingerie and nightgowns [are from the store] too, for when I write at night,” she adds. In a sense, Blair is the perfect Le Grand Strip customer, which is for those who truly love the history of fashion and its forgotten eras. Blair started working at Le Grand Strip about two years ago after she was introduced to the store’s owner CC McGurr through a mutual friend who booked Blair for a concert. Taken by Le Grand Strip, Blair got the job the next day. McGurr was taken with Blair. “Alex has a radiant energy and bewitching style,” says McGurr. “I like to tell her, ‘Alex take it to the limit!’” To this day, the two seem as if they are joined at the hip, eating together, smoking together, and selling together.
While Blair does get glances at her outré looks, she embraces them. “I was in the grocery store in Connecticut and these two kids came up to me and were like, ‘Why do you look like that? Why do you dress like that?’ I was like, ‘This is how I feel.’” says Blair. “You are the most respected when you are the most self-aware, and then, you are the most free.”
Blair’s band The Silk War will be having a record release party with Fiona Silver hosted by Hayley Griffin of New York Groove at Berlin on 2nd St & Ave A. on August 26 at 7:30PM.
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